The Attack on the Capitol and Halacha

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman What happened at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. yesterday was rather mind-boggling. Protesters walked from a rally for President Trump to the Capitol building. Chanting crowds...

Halachic Musings: Reboot Our Moral Compass

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Attention all EMTs: “If you feel that the sick person you are tending to has a good chance of not making it, just leave him there. We...

Opinion: CDC Vaccine Policy Could Kill 500 More People Per Day

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Currently, COVID-19 in America is killing 3,000 people every day. What follows is an analysis of the Center for Disease Control’s policy regarding who should be...

Halachic Musings: Thoughts About the COVID Vaccine

As many people know, I was recently hospitalized with COVID. One of the downsides of serious breathing problems is the inability to think, to learn, or to have a...

European Court Sanctions Get Refuser Leading to Divorce Agreement

  In a rare legal development, a court in Western Europe fined a man that the Israeli Rabbinical Courts had identified as unlawfully refusing to grant his wife a get....

Orthodox Leaders Support COVID-19 Vaccine. Will People Listen?

(JTA) — At the beginning of his weekly video Torah lesson, Rabbi Asher Weiss let his viewers know he was about to broach a contentious topic. “I know that not...

Halachic Musings: How Far Can We Push Lifnei Iver?

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The kallah teacher received an unexpected call. A young lady had engaged her to prepare her in halachah. And now, the young lady’s would-be mother-in-law was...

Halachic Musings: What Happened to Hats?

The accompanying picture was not Photoshopped. It was taken at President Kennedy’s inauguration. He did wear a top hat — at least until he was actually sworn in, when...

Halachic Musings: Being the Bearer of Bad News

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The headlines on Jewish newspapers and websites are often filled with bad news and tidings. Person X passed away from COVID-19. Car runs over a border...

Daf Yomi Insights: Building Blocks of Halachah

  A recent weekly periodical dealing with hilchos Shabbos shocked many families. The Hilchos Shabbos Initiative newsletter stated that it is forbidden for adults and chinuch-age children to play with...
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